Plantar fasciitis is the straining of the ligament-like band running from your heel to the ball of your foot which is usually caused by poor foot mechanics. If your foot flattens too much or too little, the plantar fascia may ache from being overstreched.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis are pain at the bottom of your foot when standing, especially in the morning, and pain inside of the foot near where your heel and your arch meet. This pain may subside throughout the day, however it returns with prolonged movement or after resting.
A heel spur and/or bursitis are closely related problems with the plantar fascia and can often accompany plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can help reduce symptoms by working to correct the cause of the problem.
Be sure to contact your podiatrist if you have pain due to poor foot mechanics since surgery may be considered if other types of treatment do not control your pain.